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#1 Dave Clark

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:02 AM

Why can't USB HDD's automatically power off when the computer shuts down. Just one of my pet hates having to remember to manually switch off the drives. I was even more surprised when I received a 1TB USB3 drive which hasn't even got a power switch, I have to unplug the thing to switch off.

 

Just wondering if there's some reason that I can't see why this problem exists.

 

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#2 Dave Clark

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:30 AM

Hi, 

Forgot to mention. My system is Windows 7 Ultimate. and the USB's are 2 and also 3.

 

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:30 PM

Im not sure what you mean, the ones that I have (mostly WD externals) go into a "sleep" mode, where they dont spin, but the activity light flashes once a second or so, and they keep the same drive assignments when starting the computer back up.

 

Are you talking about portable or external (does it power off of USB or wall power?)

 

Its not going to hurt the drives by having power all the time, but if you are worried about it you can just put them on a separate power strip and shut the whole thing off when you shut down.



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 10:33 PM

You could use a portable (aka "bus-powered") drive. Since they get their power from the USB (or Firewire) port, they will power off when you shutdown the computer (unless you are using a USB port that always has power, which some laptops have these days for the purposes of charging phones, etc).

And even if you go with a "desktop" external drive (i.e. has a power brick), many drives these days will have a power save/sleep mode like GreenGiant117 mentioned.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 09:54 AM

Hi, If it really bothers you do what I did.

 

I set the computer in the Bios to turn on when AC (power) returns

Then I plugged it and any external drives & devices into a power strip. Now when the computer shuts down I flip off the power strip and everything is off. When I flip the Power strip on, everything turns on including the computer.  Leave Your Modem and router powered up however or You may find a delay in the Internet getting started.

 

Good Luck

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